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The Day Therapy Team comprises Registered Nurses, Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Healthcare Assistants, Doctors, Occupational Therapists, Complementary Therapists, Physiotherapists, Social Workers, Counsellors, Chaplain and specially trained volunteers.

Day Therapies is a nurse led service. The staff in the unit work with you to help improve the quality of your life by providing support and specialist care. The team work with patients to identify and manage any physical symptoms and create opportunities for patients to discuss and share any anxieties they may have. Accessing Day Therapies also provides patients' families or carers some personal time safe in the knowledge that their loved one is being cared for.

The team work closely with the patient's General Practitioner, District Nurse and Macmillan/Community Nurse ensuring that there is continuity in the care received. If needed an appointment can be made for day care patients to see one of our specialist doctors whilst they are at Day Therapy or at another mutually convenient time. Referrals to Day Therapy are accepted from any health or social care professional

Over 20% of Day Therapy patients are non cancer patients facing the challenges of conditions such as motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinsons disease and advanced organ failure.

Transport to and from the hospice is arranged via a team of volunteer drivers who collect patients from their homes and take them back at the end of the day. The hospice has a minibus which can accommodate wheelchairs, Patients can make their own way to the hospice if they are able to do so. Refreshments and lunch are provided free of cost throughout the day.

Patients can choose how they wish to spend their day from a range of activities e.g:

  • Hairdressing
  • Complementary Therapies
  • Gardening activities
  • Gentle exercise group
  • Trips and outings to places of interest
  • Crafts
  • Painting

Day Therapies are also able to offer the specialist services of a counsellor, doctor, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, social worker and a chaplain.


Your Day

We will arrange for a Katharine House volunteer to pick you up from home, to arrive at the hospice at about 10.00am. We can arrange wheelchair transport for you if needed or you might want to get to Katharine House independently.

When you arrive, you will meet your nurse, the volunteers and other patients attending Day Therapies. On your first visit you might like to invite a friend or relative to come with you. When you arrive we serve tea, toast and biscuits after which you choose what you want to do. For example you may wish to relax quietly in your reclining chair, have a massage, join the art group or have your hair done - the choice is yours…


What to Bring With You

You will need to bring with you any medication that you usually take during the day, where possible.  You will be responsible for taking your own medication as usual. If you require assistance in taking your medication you must bring this in their original packaging. If you have any dressings that are usually done by your District Nurse, we will do them here but you will need to bring your dressings with you. Please bring your District Nurse Notes with you so that we can let them know what we have done.



Morning and afternooon tea are served in the lounge. An aperitif will be offered before lunch. You will be given a choice of lunchtime menus. Food & beverages are available all day. There is no charge made for food or drinks.



In compliance with the Health Bill 2006 Katharine House Hospice is a no smoking organisation. Day Therapies patients may smoke in the garden areas only.


Other Information

Hairdressing is available by appointment.
A range of complementary therapies are available by appointment
Simple massage does not require an appointment and is available every day
Relaxation sessions are available
We provide a range of activities for you to participate in:


Outings to places of interest can be arranged



The hospice offers placements for health & social care students.  If you would prefer students not to be involved in your care please let a member of staff know.

For more information about this service contact Cathy Browning, Advanced Nurse Practioner on 01785 270819/20 or email

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